Ex-midfielder: Arsenal shouldn’t bend over to keep Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez
David Bentley offers Arsenal some blunt advice about the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at the club
Arsenal shouldn’t bend over backwards to keep Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, according to the club’s former midfielder David Bentley.
The Gunners have endured a tough 2017 so far as Arsene Wenger’s side crashed out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion.
Arsenal lost 10-2 to Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 last month following a 5-1 loss at The Emirates.
The north London side have lost four of their last five Premier League games to leave Arsene Wenger’s side in sixth place in the table.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have failed to commit to the north London club following unsuccessful contract negotiations earlier this term.
Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Bentley offered some blunt advice to Arsene Wenger and the north London club about their two key players.
“Are Sanchez and Ozil important to their club? No, and Arsenal shouldn’t bend over to keep them. There are plenty of great footballers around the world to get,” said Bentley, speaking exclusively to 888sport.
“Just go online and there are loads of lads from South America running past a hundred players and banging it in the top corner. There are others with their skill. To be honest they’ve become Mr Wenger’s allies, his friends within the team and Ozil and Sanchez have let their manager down because some of their behaviour is quite stupid. You see Ozil and he’s a great player but he’s also the kind of player that’s in youth teams.
“He won’t run back, he looks unbelievable for a few games but then the big game comes around and he’s nowhere to be seen. The youngsters at Arsenal will be seeing that and thinking ’well he’s not doing it so why should I?’ As a young player myself I’d look at Sol Campbell, and Vieira and Henry and think, ‘I’d better run here. I’d better try.’ Now they’re not scared of anyone.”
Arsenal signed Ozil in a club-record deal from Real Madrid back in August 2013 before the Gunners signed Sanchez after the 2014 World Cup.
The north London side finished in second place last term.